At Imperial Computer Services, we understand that your wireless network can be one of your most important assets. As a result, we don’t neglect any phase of the network administration process. We are also aware that you might need your network to grow along with your company.
Designing The Network
The first phase in the life cycle of a network involves creating its design. Designing a network involves making decisions about the type of network that best suits the needs of your organization. In larger sites this task is performed by a senior network architect: an experienced network administrator familiar with both network software and hardware.
Setting Up The Network
After the new network is designed, the second phase of network administration begins, which involves setting up and configuring the network. This consists of installing the hardware that makes up the physical part of the network, and configuring the files or databases, hosts, routers, and network configuration servers.
Maintaing The Network
The third phase of network administration consists of ongoing tasks that typically constitute the bulk of your responsibilities. They might include:
- Adding new workstations or equipment to the network
- Administering network security
- Administering network services, such as DNS services, name services, and E-Mail
- Troubleshooting network problems
Expanding The Network
The longer a network is in place and functioning properly, the more your organization might want to expand its features and services. Initially, you can increase network population by adding new computers and expanding network services by providing additional shared software. But eventually, a single network will expand to the point where it can no longer operate efficiently. That is when it must enter the fourth phase of the network administration cycle: expansion.
Several Options Are Available For Expanding Your Network:
- Setting up a new network and connecting it to the existing network using a machine functioning as a router, thus creating an internetwork.
- Configuring machines in users' homes or in remote office sites and enabling these machines to connect over telephone lines to your network.
- Connecting your network to the Internet, thus enabling users on your network to retrieve information from other systems throughout the world.